Been very busy here in the country, keeping track of all the
glasses, the ice machine, the key to the adult beverage cabinet.
Many shows this time of year, keeps me out of trouble. I will
be at the IBM convention this year in Reno, come July, a lovely
time to be in Northern Nevada. Hope to see a lot of you devious
folk there, it will be a grand time, I assure you.
How do you like the new look of things here? I think its great,
makes it easy for me to get around and find things. I hope you
Oops, gotta go. It's what we call "happy hour" here,
and that can only mean one thing.
I'll stop writing for now, hope Dacri says this is good enough
for now, and I will get back to all of you later. Soon. I promise.
Break a thread,
time to send the Dacri some more notes from me to you!!!!.
I was so
sorry to miss the SAM big 100, but you just cannot do everything
you want. I hear it was a good convention the shows were packed
("just work to the rows of seats you can see in the front...the
rest will follow") Talent organizer R. G. Smith did it again!!!.
Hope to be there next year.
I was working
at that time with an English legend of variety and comedy and
movies, Sir Norman Wisdom, and what a thrill to play to packed
out theatres seating from between 1750 to 3000 at the famous Blackpool
Opera House. It renewed my faith in theatre work and maybe all
is not yet lost!!!!.
I feel a lot
of performers do not know the difference in working a cabaret
floor as against a large theatre, and believe you me, there is
a great difference. I have seen great cabaret type workers, stand
on a theatre stage and just work to the front few rows of people
they can see, and ignore the back of the stalls and the circle,
the gallery and even the side boxes. You have to take the whole
theatre in with your head movements, your eyes and your gestures.
It is now,
at last, summer in England and after one of the wettest springs
we have had, the sun is now shining and the doors and windows
are open. We shall still moan about the weather and say "why
don't we have air conditioning like they do in the good old USA!!!!!.
at least as one dashes around the country it makes driving so
much easier as so many of our country roads have no street lights
and no names up of the streets. I have always liked the American
way of putting street names on the light posts, and then they
don't get stolen or knocked off!!!. You can see them easily as
the work is as varied as always, and the only jobs I do not enjoy
are the ones in the open air and in tents. The open air is a headache
if there is any wind around, but if you are using silk hanks I
put a small piece of lead shot on one corner of the hanks, and
this holds them much steadier. I use the small lead shots that
people who fish use, to weigh down the hook below the float. It
is difficult to find these now as Ibelieve the law prohibits their
use as broken lines damage the bird life. Next month in August
I am working a cruise ship on a trip around the British Isles
which should be interesting. As one travels the world, I very
rarely visit myown country.
Shall be sailing
to the Orkeny and Shetland Islands and then to the west coast
of Scotland, then to Dublin in Ireland and south to the Scilly
isles, followed by the coast of France,(to stock up on cheap wine),
and then up the river Thames to the Tower of London. Should be
a good one and only three shows to do. September looking forward
very much to the Magic of the Rockies convention near Denver,
and back to my favourite place, the Magic Castle, in November.
you have some more ramblings from the old guy!!!!. Must get ready
for tonight as I will be at my favourite UK club, THE WATFORD
ASSOCIATION OF MAGICIANS, where I am honourd to be their President.
The initials WAM stand for our club and have done so for nearly
55 years.......don't confuse us with that other strange WAM set
up, which I and many others feel have done absolutely no good
for magic!!!!!!. That should set a few hackles rise!!!!!!!!!.
old country has recovered as the Dacri's have left us at last!!!!!.
To be honest
it was a joy having them around. They were great fun to work with
at Southport convention and Idid enjoy working some comedy bits
with Steve in which somehow we got laughs!!!!!.
at my local Conservative Club were just great and the snooker
matches with my son Keith and Steve were like a mini-Olympic Games.
I have a feeling that Steve could be a very good Pool hustler!!.
So finally they left our country to us natives, and I thought
I can now get on with some work and writing and hurtling around
town on one nighters, but forgetting what time of the year was
At this point
I must explain that I just love all sport, and we were then right
in the season where just about everything was going on. The soccer
world cup, cricket test matches with Sri Lanka, formula one auto
races, the Derby our biggest horse race and the famous Royal Ascot
horse racing festival, and on top of all this the Queens Golden
Jubilee. It is all too much for a sports lover like me!!!!. On
the soccer world Cup, how good it was to see USA doing so well
and at last getting into what surely is the worlds most played
and popular sport - at one time i had a vision of a USA versus
It was not
to be - my gag for the tournement was what is the difference between
the French soccer team and a tea bag??. Well, a tea bag stays
in the cup for much longer!!. Topical humor is so valuable for
folks who work like me, but so hard to find at times.
Well , now
I can get back to a sport and DACRI free life ----no, wait a minute.
I just see that the Wimbledon tennis fortnight starts today!!!!!!.
Ohe dear, pour out a scotch and turn up the TV and get out the
tennis gags. Try the one with a tennis ball that it is in my book
- it really does work well this time of year. My book is obtainable
at all good and not so good magic dealers!!!!.
Hope to meet
up with some of you at the Magic In The Rockies convention in
September, so for now its over to you, Steve.
the almost great!!!!!.
Seabrooke's First Column:
Steve said, "have another
Scotch", and I did. He then said have one more, after he had said
that another five times, he gently asked me to write something
for this page. After such a soften up, how could I say no.!!!!
So I did, and here it is.
The last week
was like a magic convention on wheels, with all going on in the
Watford area. Firstly, Billy McComb arrives at Heathrow aIirport,
loaded down with duty frees and a load of card tricks to stay
in my spare room for a few days. At the same time, Steve was staying
about 7 miles away in Borehamwood with Rob Cox and Mandy, so of
course several meetings were held, mostly at my local conservative
club, which ended up with the club not being very conservative!!!!.
The regulars did enjoy the banter and the magic, and the McComb
resitations regarding the state of magic, and also the history
of the McComb family from the days where they seemed to own Ireland.
blew them away with his sponge rabbits routine - well lets face
it, the members of the club are usually only used to seeing your
scribe perform... and none of them will lend me a banknote anymore!!!!.
Watching the boys working I noticed it was the simple tricks they
all enjoyed so much - no counting of cards, no wierd looking props...and
all done with ordinary bits and pieces - no props or magical looking
bits. I feel this is what close up should all be about - you are
a miracle worker so all you use should come out of the pocket
or be picked up from the bar or the table.
I saw a well
known guy last year at a leading London hotel go off to work the
tables with chinese sticks hanging out of his pockets, linking
rings on a clip on his pants belt, and a large set of cups and
balls in another jacket pocket. For my money this is not REAL
close up magic. It surely must be more natural in the way that
Billy and Steve were working impromptu those days in the club.
from one of the sessions and first phone call was from Topper
Martyn in Sweden,a most charming fellow with so much magical knowledge
and history to talk about. He is coming to UK in June to be a
headliner at the Milton Keynes Magic Day, a very good small convention,
so Billy got on the line to him and needless to say another lengthy
conversation took place!!!. At least I was not paying for the
call!!!!. McComb has now gone off to Spain by way of Gibraltar,
and Steve has a lecture tonight at the Magic Circle (his 28th
lecture on a tour of 28 lectures...I guess that makes this one
his final of the tour) and then off he goes to good old USA, where
he begins a US Lecture tour which begins Thursday in Michigan,
his first US lecture tour I might add). I follow him to USA on
Sunday for a week at the Castle working the usual crap!!!!!. So
many great people to meet when you are there, it is just like
coming home for me - it will be the first time for many years
when my best pal McComb will not be there, still that should steer
me well clear of trouble! Neither Steve or Jan will be there either,
so who will be making me breakfast nd buying the booze? I am going
to work the Parlour this trip and that is a room I always enjoy.
You have to have a differfent approach from working the Palace,
and this is good for one as it stops you from getting into a rut.
You know, folks who mostly work floor shows and cabaret rooms,
they often do not realise the difference when you come to work
a theatre stage, and there is a lot of points you have to take
into account. Of all the places to work, a large theatre for me
is the favourite and I feel so much at home - lets face it, the
audience cannot get at you then. As the guy said,"the audience
were with me all the way, but I managed to shake them off in Santa
for this time - maybe more from me later if Steve has some room
- talking of room I had better go up to the Mcomb suite and see
what state he left it in. Bet he has left something behind as
usual! Happy Magicing to you all.
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